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The Year 7 Catch-up premium is offered by the Government as a commitment to provide additional funding to schools. This is aimed at each Year 7 student who did not achieve the expected standard in reading and/or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).

The purpose of this funding is to enable Brakenhale to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those students that most need it.

2016-17 Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Report

The Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch up premium grant provides a funding allocation of £500 per student for those in year 7 who did not achieve level 4 or above in their reading and/or maths assessments at KS2.

Brakenhale is committed to the belief that every student has the right to achieve their potential. This ethos motivates all of the members of our community to support our students in their learning and promotes high expectations and challenge for all.

When students arrive at Brakenhale we are committed to knowing and understanding their academic progress. In addition to students’ KS2 data including English and Maths, we collect information from primary schools, and undertake baseline assessments in all curriculum subjects, reading comprehension, and reading fluency.

Literacy and Numeracy Interventions 2016-17

Success Maker – Literacy and Numeracy

Success maker is an independent intervention programme for children who are falling behind KS2 levels in maths and reading. This intervention aims to close the attainment gap of Year 7 students working below age-related expectations. It is designed to provided tailored literacy and numeracy programmes for students through levelled activities and tasks set and monitored by teaching staff.

Year 6/7 Transition

Year 6 students who are identified through discussion with primary schools as requiring additional support for their secondary transition are invited to an additional day. Three single day transitions are available prior to the whole year group transition. This intervention is targeted for students where there are social and emotional concerns, and literacy and numeracy concerns. The additional transition days are centred around literacy and numeracy strategies and teaching to support those identified students’ transition to secondary school.

Phonics Intervention Programme – PiXL CODE

Year 7 students with a standardised reading score of below 80 who are identified with difficulties in reading fluency and phonics are currently taking part in a new intervention. This programme is an evidence based synthetic phonics initiative which is designed to provide individual programmes based on areas identified phonetical difficulty. Two small groups of six students attend one-hour CODE sessions three times across the school week.

Weekly Reading Focus

Year 7 students have one hour per week timetabled in the Learning Resource Centre where they are encouraged to read and make use of the resource rich library of literature. This hour lesson is supported by their English teacher and the Learning Resource Manager who deliver a literacy based lesson. During these hour sessions identified SEND students have the opportunity to have 1:1 reading support with learning support assistants.

English as an Additional Language (EAL) support

A number of the students who require literacy catch up are identified as EAL. The school’s EAL Co-ordinator ensures 1:1 support of these students. The EAL co-ordinator provides classroom support, and individual support sessions where areas of reading and literacy difficulty are assessed and personalised strategies and interventions are identified.

Plans for 2017-18

In the 2017-18 academic year Brakenhale intends to further develop the catch-up team and deliver additional targeted intervention in Year 7 for those students identified with additional needs in literacy and numeracy.

The CODE Phonics intervention will continue to run to support reading accuracy and fluency in students. The capacity of this intervention will be further developed through staff training and early identification of Year 7 students.

The intention for Year 7 is to create a smaller English group in each half of the year where a specialist literacy teacher will deliver an adapted curriculum with support of a HLTA. This curriculum will be in line with the subject scheme of learning to ensure that the intervention is accessible and the students are able to apply their developed skills to their curriculum subjects.

Maths intervention groups with a focus on basic numeracy and arithmetic will be targeted for students identified from their KS2 data and baseline testing.

Year 6/7 Transition will continue in the Summer term of each academic year to support students in their move to secondary school.